Surrender to Saturday April 14th Mayhem

Poets know that Poetry Month gets kuckoo and we love the insanity, that wild blend of holy wow and yep and yet another event, really?!? I’ve “lived through” quite a few poetry months in Albuquerque, those spectacular seasons of officially sanctioned bliss—and yet, I’ve never seen a day programmed quite like next Saturday. I can say that even though I have particpated in a 10 hour readings of Isaac Bashevis Singer short stories at the former Nob Hill Books and 24 and 48 hour open mics at OutCh’Yonda. Still, next Saturday April 14th will go down in history for sure…

Let me attempt to give you Saturday’s low-down:


11:00 am at the auditorium in the downtown public library will be a celebration to announce the new poet laureate of our city, to include readings by the honoree as well as Joan Logghe, Santa Fe’s Poet Laureate, and Levi Romero, the state’s Centennial Poet.


1:30 p.m. The Guild Cinema’s Poets Film Festival features 1 of Hearts: Ecstatic Poets-Writers-Saints– This new art documentary features the writings and poetic commentary on the world’s great sacred poet writers, from the Buddha to contemporary times with poet Yasmeen Najmi sharing a poem before the film opens.


2-5 PM Adobe Walls Anthology Reading and Release Party for Issue Number 4 with Kenneth Gurney and many of the poets featured in this ongoing series of collections of NM poetry in the categories of Slam, Free Verse, and Form. At the Harwood Art Center Corner of 7th Street and Mountain


3:30 p.m. The Guild Cinema’s An Angel at My Table – Academy Award-winning filmmaker Jane Campion brings this harrowing true-life story of New Zealand’s most distinguished author, Janet Frame, to the big screen. To be introduced by poet Lisa Gill .


4:00 – 5:30 pm at the Projects 3614 High St. NE LPG presents another Verso Quatro Panel Discussion with moderator Tanaya Winder and featured poets including Nick DePascal, Jennifer Krohn, Brian Hendrickson, and Nora Hickey.


5:00-11:00 pmThe Underground Renaissance in partnership with Warehouse 508 Present: The 2nd Annual Poet’s vs. Emcee’s Bracket Style Elimination Competition…. Saturday, April 14th, 2012. @ Warehouse 508


6:00 pm at Winnings Erin Northern hosts OUTspoken at RB Winnings with feature Amanda Rich plus open mic and slam…


7 p.m. The Guild Cinema’s Barton Fink – This darkly comic film from Ethan and Joel Coen gleefully attacks the Hollywood system and all those who seek to sell out to it.   To be introduced by local writer and television host Gene Grant!

Did I miss anything?

(And don’t forget that two days before this wild Saturday, on Thursday April 12th, there is the Smokin Slam at The Smokehouse BBQ, 528 & Barabra Loop which is hosted by Katrina Guarascio on the west side with feature Hakim Bellamy and that same night is Speak Poet at 7 pm with host Andrea Serrano and features Michelle Otero and Yasmeen Najmi at El Chante: Casa de Cultura 804 Park Ave SW. And the 15th Sunday has a stellar poetics talk with Diane Thiel and Tony Mares at 3 pm at the projects.)

See ya around and around and around…

lisa gill